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Paper: Solar System Bodies Search Capability for the ST-ECF Hubble Archive
Volume: 376, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XVI
Page: 197
Authors: Sforna, D.; Micol, A.
Abstract: Finding astronomical data for a moving target might turn out to be tricky: because of the time dependency of their positions the usual name resolver servers (like NED and SIMBAD) cannot be used. In order to help the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) archive researchers, the Space Telescopeľ European Coordinating Facility (ST-ECF2) has developed a new user interface specifically tailored to the search of solar system bodies. Thanks to the IMCCE 3 Skybot service, we have pre-computed and stored in a database which solar system objects (except comets) happened to fall in the field of view of an HST image, whether planned or serendipitously. It became easy then to offer to astronomers a search engine where they could specify the name of a solar system body to find those HST images where it was observed, very similarly to what is done for galactic and extragalactic objects. We illustrate here how the system works, including the back-end and front-end, and how it uses some Virtual Observatory standards.
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